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    Slightly OT -- but in reference to some posts earlier: it is a good idea to carry with you at all times a complete list of all meds you take, RX as well as over-the-counter. I keep mine as a word document in the computer, modify it as needed, and print it out to give to my primary care doctor as well as any specialists I go to. Also, I get RX meds from two different sources, and it is a good idea to let each pharmacy have a complete list so they can monitor drug interactions.

    And...I may have said this before but I'll say it again...the best type of doctor to prescribe antidepressants, etc. is a psychiatrist, and one who knows you and how you react to these types of meds.

    I gave up smoking many years ago before there were drugs and other no-smoking aids. The craving stayed for a long time but is long since gone.
    Good luck to anyone who is trying to quit!!

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    Re: Quitting Smoking

    Quote Originally Posted by Columbia, MD View Post
    Slightly OT -- but in reference to some posts earlier: it is a good idea to carry with you at all times a complete list of all meds you take, RX as well as over-the-counter. I keep mine as a word document in the computer, modify it as needed, and print it out to give to my primary care doctor as well as any specialists I go to.


    I gave up smoking many years ago before there were drugs and other no-smoking aids. The craving stayed for a long time but is long since gone.
    Good luck to anyone who is trying to quit!!
    Having the list of meds IS a very good idea. I not only carry a paper copy but it is also in my ICE contacts notes on my cell phone.

    I must also correct a previous post about my quitting smoking. My motivation was the fact that even though I had stopped smoking in the apartment years before, Mona died of rapidly advancing lung cancer. PROOF that second had smoke can kill.
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    Re: Quitting Smoking

    Quote Originally Posted by just1paul View Post
    Having the list of meds IS a very good idea. I not only carry a paper copy but it is also in my ICE contacts notes on my cell phone.

    I must also correct a previous post about my quitting smoking. My motivation was the fact that even though I had stopped smoking in the apartment years before, Mona died of rapidly advancing lung cancer. PROOF that second had smoke can kill.
    mmmmmm..I don't carry one but its a good idea my psy gives me my anit depressant and anxiety meds but my regular dr knows exactly what he gives me and any other meds i might get from any other dr...plus I have used the same pharmacy for the last 20 years with the same pharmaist..my dr has given me some signs to watch for in my meds since I am quitting because things can act differently
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    True story.

    Two years ago, I had an episode of something called Transient Global Amnesia. I (obviously) don't remember it. It consisted of completely losing 6 hours of awareness. I was conscious and talking to people, but it's a big blank spot in my memory. Fortunately, it is unlikely to recur.

    As soon as I knew something was weird, I called my husband. Verizon records show that I called him 19 times in the first 51 minutes of my episode. He left a business meeting and headed home right away, but I didn't recall the individual calls, so I'd call him again 2 minutes later, and continued to do so until he got home.

    He took me to the emergency room. They asked if he knew what medications and supplements I was taking. He said, "It's on her Blackberry" - which was, as always, attached to my waistband. Hubby does NOT know how to use the 'berry, but he took it off and handed it to the young man at the emergency room sign-in desk. The young man found the list (it's an Outlook "Memo" note) and was able to copy down all the info. He said to my husband, "I wish EVERYONE would do something like this."

    I've since added a list of all prior surgeries. The older I get, the more I appreciate technology!

    ButterflyFaery - sincere best wishes for success in your attempt to quit smoking. It may not be easy to quit . . . but it WILL be worth it!!!!

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    Re: Quitting Smoking

    I have tried the e cig and like it. It does cut down on usuage. The best luck I had was with the patches. Chantix turned me into a raving lunatic. I take anti depressants and I'm sure the combo caused the problems. Chantix binds to the receiver cells in the brain blocking the nicotine from them. I have had so many problems with drugs that affect brain chemicals I am very careful now. Several friends of mine use the e cig and have either reduced the amount they smoke or eventually quit all together. Best of luck. Quitting is not easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PWS View Post
    I know a lot of FORTers have tried to quit smoking, but from reading this it seems like not a lot of success so far...and often those that had succeeded seemed to be in odd situations (e.g., stuck in a hospital for surgery for a week). Since the thread has been dormant a couple of years, did any more people succeed?
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    I'm sure my little tale is here somewhere; I did succeed, it's been I think almost 16 years now; I actually don't remember the exact year I quit anymore but I do know it was at least a year before I got this house which was 2/1997, and I quit in mid summer. I didn't use any pills, patches, or gum, and wasn't sick but I did stay home for about the first 3 days after I decided to throw my pack away.
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    Re: Quitting Smoking

    I quit December 7, 1998. I remember the day because that's also Pearl Harbor day. I used the patch for awhile, but I didn't throw my pack of cigarettes away. I had an open pack sitting on my dresser for about 6 months for a "just in case" moment, then I threw them away. Quitting was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but one I've never regretted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just1paul View Post
    Having the list of meds IS a very good idea. I not only carry a paper copy but it is also in my ICE contacts notes on my cell phone.

    I must also correct a previous post about my quitting smoking. My motivation was the fact that even though I had stopped smoking in the apartment years before, Mona died of rapidly advancing lung cancer. PROOF that second had smoke can kill.
    Wow...never thought about that aspect of 2nd hand smoke. It might be a good way to motivate some younger folks to quit who never think about their pets.

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    Re: Quitting Smoking

    My husband noticed quite a few people puffing on them when he was travelling a few weeks back. They were able to smoke them in the airport, but not on the plane. There was, however, some woman who went into the bathroom FOUR times during a 2-hour flight and used an e-cig.

    I heard that you start out using a cartridge with a certain amount of nicotine in it. After so long, you switch to a different cartridge that has a lesser amount of nicotine in the cartridge. The manufacturer stretches it out over the course of a year, decreasing the amount of nicotine 4 times or so.

    The only time I saw anyone using one was on the RHOBH and that lady looked so weird puffing away on it.

    Another weird thing about them is that with a real cigarette, one smokes it for a certain length of time until the cig needs to be put out. With the e-cig, one could seriously keep smoking non-stop for hours. It doesn't turn itself off after 5 minutes or so. One has to manually unscrew it and pull out the cartridge I think.

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    Re: Quitting Smoking

    Quote Originally Posted by PWS View Post
    Wow...never thought about that aspect of 2nd hand smoke. It might be a good way to motivate some younger folks to quit who never think about their pets.
    I never thought of it either until then because all of the by products stay in the space. One other thing I noticed also, that while Joey was white & black - his colors became brilliant after a while of no smoking in the apartment.
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